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Please join us for a screening of Brave Girl Rising, a powerful short film about courage and transformation that tells the story of Nasro, a 17-year-old Somali girl growing up in one of the largest refugee camps in the world. Despite almost unimaginable challenges – and inspired by the magical dreams of her mother and the sisterhood of her friends – Nasro succeeds in getting the education she deserves. Her story is a testament to how hope and love can propel us beyond even the bleakest of circumstances.

The plight of refugees and the response from the rest of the world are topics debated daily by journalists, by politicians, and by ordinary citizens. The sufferings of Syrian refugees and other displaced persons fill our television screens. But the sheer numbers—68.5 million forcibly displaced people in 2019—can be mind-numbing. Brave Girl Rising examines the lives of a small number of young refugees so that the viewer can comprehend their daily challenges more insightfully.

Girl Rising, the non-profit behind the global campaign for girls’ education and empowerment, presents this powerful short film made in collaboration with the International Rescue Committee and filmed in one of the largest refugee camps in the world. Written by poet laureate Warsan Shire, voiced by Tessa Thompson and Golden-Globe winner David Oyelowo, and directed by Oscar-nominated Richard E. Robbins and Martha Adams.


Conversation and Q&A to follow!